There are many creatures that become restless at night, scare us and even harm us, but not every creature makes the cut a Halloween haunt. Scorpions, for example, scurry around at night and can hurt us, but at best they are D-list Halloween stars. The Halloween haunt troop frontliners are not just dwellers at night and a bit scary, but have a story about it.
Owls, for example, can give you a good fear. They have specially adapted feathers that allow them to glide silently through the night, they are predators, big eyes that reflect the lamplight, and many species have positive spirits that seem to carry miles of the night air.
While that alone could have been enough to get owls past the velvet rope into the Spookclub, which really sealed the deal, the centuries-old belief in Ancient Rome was that witches take the form of owls to fly around in their malicious errands , It was also believed that the calls of the owls were an omen of fate. To ward off evil, the Romans fastened dead owls as superstition on their doors. In ancient Greece, the idea of owls was codified as an evil in their tradition in the form of the Strix, a mythological eulogy with bent eyes that fed on human flesh and blood.
The beliefs of the ancient Romans and Greeks were strongly colored The perception of owls until well into the Middle Ages, and medieval Europeans associated owls with witches and evil. While most of us today simply regard owls as really cute creatures in urban and rural ecosystems (or perhaps as special members of the Harry Potter Universe), the Owl's association with celebrating Halloween remains easy to find, Halloween Article decorated with owls in every shop around the holiday.
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